Bendigo Fireworks owner says NBN wait is affecting business, as nearby neighbours get connected

Bendigo Fireworks owner Peter Daley says the wait for the NBN at his Strathfieldsaye premises is having an impact on his business. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
Bendigo Fireworks owner Peter Daley says the wait for the NBN at his Strathfieldsaye premises is having an impact on his business. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

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EVERY resident and business in the City of Greater Bendigo will have access to the National Broadband Network by the middle of next year, NBN Co claims.

But for some, the frustration at seeing their neighbours connected while they continue to wait is starting to have an impact.

Bendigo Fireworks owner Peter Daley, who runs his business out of his home, has watched as people on the other side of Sinclairs Road in Strathfieldsaye receive fixed-line connections.

After questioning NBN Co for 18 months about his lack of connection, he will have to wait at least another 10 months before he is connected to the fixed wireless network.

Mr Daley said having to rely on slow speeds has started to have an impact on his business, which sets up fireworks displays for the City of Greater Bendigo.

“I’m ordering products from overseas, and they send me videos of what the products look like. I have got to be able to download them, but at the moment I have to leave them overnight to load,” he said.

“I have to tell them not to send the videos in HD, and a lot of places just don’t bother to send anything anymore because of that.”

The NBN rollout map in Bendigo. The purple areas have access to the NBN, the brown is where the build has commenced. White areas do not have access yet.

The NBN rollout map in Bendigo. The purple areas have access to the NBN, the brown is where the build has commenced. White areas do not have access yet.

The NBN rollout map shows the majority of Strathfieldsaye has access to the NBN, while streets in the suburb’s northern areas and parts of Junortoun will wait until April next year for wireless connections.

They will be the last areas to receive the NBN, along with the fibre-to-the-curb plan for Eaglehawk and Epsom.

NBN Co spokesperson Kasey Ellison said the method of delivery depended on the property.

“To serve premises in and around the City of Greater Bendigo, a combination of NBN fixed line, NBN fixed wireless and the NBN Sky Muster satellite have been determined as the best technologies,” she said.

“Understandably, people in areas that appear later in the NBN network rollout plan may be disappointed.

“While we would like to connect everyone at the same time, we are constrained by both economic and physical resource limitations.  As a result, we must build the network in an efficient, systematic manner.”

Since January, more than 27,000 premises in the City of Greater Bendigo have received fixed-line NBN. Fixed wireless can deliver speeds of 50/20 mbps, to increase to 100/40 early next year.